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I Have Trichotillomania

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    I've had trichotillomania

    for a few years and every time I think I'm finally done with pulling and I'm doing great, I always end up relapsing
    rschap99 rschap99 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 13

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    I was diagnosed with Trichotillomania

    when I was 5 years old. I am now 22. I only pull my eyelashes now. I used to pull the hair in my scalp and my eyebrows. I am having the most difficult time letting my eyelashes grow. A year ago I was able to let then grow out for 45 days and then stress got the best of me and I...
    09cramptonsa 09cramptonsa 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 24

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    All About Meeee

     Im a super happy girl! but one thing im not happy about is that I suffer from hair pulling! i dont like it at all! And also,i pull my eyelashes out! Wow, i feel like a total idiot when people say hey kayla wheres your eye lashes or why are you are you bald? ha i tell...
    kaybaby007 kaybaby007 16-18, F 4 Responses Apr 15, 2008

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    I am 100% sure I have this.

    I've noticed that this behavior isn't new on me. I pull out the hair of my eyebrows and eyelashes. I told my mom about it, but she just brushed it off and said something like: "then just stop doing it". I told her that it isn't that simple and it's bothering me. When I do it, I...
    anilu1019 anilu1019 16-17, F Dec 11

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    I am so proud of myself.

    This is officially day 3 being pull free. I want this to last.
    123me321 123me321 13-15, F 4 Responses Apr 28

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    Update from my last post,

    its been about two months since I stopped pulling my hair out! I'm so happy!
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 11

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    I am 19 and have had Trichotillomania

    for 7 years. But have never talked to anyone else who also has it. I would really like a friend that knows what I live with and can understand how hard it is sometimes because they are also living with it.
    Ampk Ampk 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 25

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    I was 7 when I first started pulling my

    eyelashes out, after a few years I then began pulling my hair out. This also lasted a few years. Me, my mum and stepdad really wanted help. We tried everything mental health care, cams, the doctors..EVERYTHING! But nothing has ever stopped me. Luckily after years I finally...
    ashleighlcarr ashleighlcarr 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 15

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    Hi! im new to this website

    so I thought I should introduce myself. In that case, im Anonymous Individual, and I have had trichotillomania since I was about four. I would get bullied for it, a lot actually, so much I had to move schools twice. Nobody knows about it because I hide it with hats. I have had...
    Anonymousindividual Anonymousindividual 16-17 Nov 30

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    Trich And How I Stopped

    Hey, my trichs-in-law. Today, I am going to share my entire story of Trichotillomania and how I have managed to make a great recovery (for those of you who have trich, you will know what a task this is). I know exactly where it all began. Right now I'm 17 years old. The incident...
    Petrea94 Petrea94 16-17, F 38 Responses Nov 22, 2011

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    I Have Trichotillamania

    I first realized my Trichotillamania in 3rd grade. I would twist my hair around my finger, forming it into a knot, then I would rip it off. I did this atleast a hundread times a day. Until I got caught, I stopped. A year later I felt it, a strange pain in to eyebrows and eye...
    AreYouMadCool AreYouMadCool 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 2013

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    Constant Urge to Pull

        i can remember the very first time i started pulling from my eyebrow; i was in third grade, at a new school and it was the day after my grandfather's funeral. after a while, i started pulling my eyelashes and i'd make little piles on my desk. i was so confused...
    holland1945 holland1945 19-21, F 11 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    This Is My Story As Was Published In The Huffington Post 10/1/12

    Who you are looking at in this photo right now is a fraud. Every day I go to great lengths to hide what I really look like. Every day I make sure you don't see what I do every morning when I wake up and look in my bathroom mirror. Because I have a disorder that an estimated 2-4...
    sandy7814 sandy7814 36-40 2 Responses Oct 11, 2012

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    Wow, I feel a little better

    after hearing about so many other people's stories that sound so similar to mine. My plucking started in second grade, at age 7 or 8, and it started with my eyebrows. I'd focus specifically on a few hairs and would end up accidentally digging little "holes" into my skin; my...
    tulipsunleashed tulipsunleashed 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    Starting to feel some hairs growing back

    after a week of biotin and Rogaine. But it's in the weird stage where they don't really lay down. I want to pull them out.
    ninjagirlkc ninjagirlkc 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 22

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    I Am More Than Just Trichotillomania

    She touches her hair in a certain way. It’s very particular, very deliberate. Almost as if she is searching for one specific strand. But she’s only half conscious about what she’s doing. Found. Beautiful, fingers glide and caress and twirl. The flirting becomes violent...
    h0pelessh0pe h0pelessh0pe 18-21 5 Responses Jul 9, 2013

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    I am so happy to announce

    that today marks 30 days of being pull free. I'm so happy! I wish there was something I could tell everyone that I did to help me but there isn't really anything. I had been dating my boyfriend for almost 10 months when I finally decided to tell him. I was so scared that he was...
    emily39 emily39 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 29

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    Well, today is a big day

    for me. On this day three years ago, November 11, 2011, I made the decision to stop pulling. I've been pull free for three year!! And what an amazing journey it has been! When I first stopped, things were hard; really hard! I would constantly be reminding myself, day in and day...
    Casslav Casslav 18-21 3 Responses Nov 11

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    I had trichotillomania

    since I was 12 years old. I would pull my hair out everyday. Recently I have to shave my head due to the pulling. I want to stop but my brain does not want to stop. I don't pull everyday like I used to but I spiritually want to find the reason why I pull my hair out. I want to...
    BrownBeeCa BrownBeeCa 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 27

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    I have been pulling for 10 years

    and am now one year FREE. I tried everything - therapy, prescription (and non prescription) drugs, self-will, prayer, accountability partners, fidgets of every kind - you name it, I've tried it. The only thing that has worked and continues to work is a DIY eye serum. I just...
    mostlyfree2 mostlyfree2 22-25, F 4 hrs ago

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    I have been pulling for about 6 years,

    and I am now in college. I have pulled just about every type of hair on my body. There have been some periods of time where the pulling stops or is minimal but usually it is present. Right now, I am missing my left eyebrow and it is hard for me to face myself! I am trying to...
    uglicorn uglicorn 18-21 3 Responses Nov 29

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    I am 17 years old and I have been pulling my

    hair out since I was in fifth grade. I joined this site hoping that I could find people around my age who live near me and have the same problem I do. I wear headbands all of the time to hide any bald spots and almost always wear it up because its difficult. I use to do softball...
    court14harris court14harris 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 28

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    Ever since I colored my hair I can finally wear

    it down! This is gonna be the first day in 4 years..
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 14

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    My Life Because Of Eyebrow Pulling

    I’m 19 years old and I plug out my eyebrows. Most of the time I felt like I was the only one in this world with this problem until I started getting the urge to take out my eye lashes. So I went on and searched in Google “I plug out my eye lashes”, then I came across the...
    yasmilg1 yasmilg1 22-25, F 31 Responses Sep 26, 2010

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    At first I thought this was just something I

    loved to do and I couldn't help it. I started to pick an pluck at my eyebrows and eyelashes at the age of eleven. It has been getting worse growing up. I'm scared to go to school because people are gonna make fun of me. I have already been asked what happened to my eyebrow and...
    WhishesOrDreams WhishesOrDreams 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 30

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    Hi guys, I'm 15. And I really only started

    pulling my eyelashes out about 6 months ago. But I have always twirled and pulled my hair out. In fact, when I was 5, half my head went bald from me twirling and pulling my hair out. Only not as bad with my head hair as much, but I constantly pull and yank at my eyelashes. These...
    amybuggie77 amybuggie77 13-15 Dec 14

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    Wow. I am so glad to have found this

    site/app/community. I was in a pretty serious car accident two years ago that left a huge trauma impact on my life. I was almost immediately diagnosed with PTSD by a counselor and my doctor. I couldn't sleep. I had anxiety about the dark, whether or not my doors and windows...
    ninjagirlkc ninjagirlkc 26-30, F Nov 15

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    I have gone just over 2months barely pulling.

    I pull the odd lash now and again but have managed to fight the urge. It has been really had, especially on rough days when I'm feeling low or someone's upset me. I've been using a few products that have helped my lashes grow back thicker and I'm happy that I can now see an...
    0justme0 0justme0 26-30, F 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    im not sure when i started pulling my hair

    but i have been doing it for years and im now 27. i also have depression/anxiety which im on medication for and had a very bad past. i have tried shaving my hair and letting it regrow but it hasnt worked. i thought to was just a habit i could get out but never been able to...
    shinedownbabyxo shinedownbabyxo 26-30, F Jul 10

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    I Wish I Could Stop.

    I've been pulling my hair and eyelashes out for many years. Since i was a little girl, now being 18. I used to have long beautiful eyelashes and hair. My pulling has gotten so bad that I have bald spots all over my head and i wear fake eyelashes everywhere I go. Some of my...
    mariexo mariexo 18-21 3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

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    I have officially been pull-free

    since April 18th, 2014 and I am extremely happy with myself. I am going to get my first haircut (by a hairstylist) in almost 4 years. <3 I just wanted to remind people that there IS an end to this disorder! I had mine through hypnotherapy! It worked for me. If ANYONE ever...
    court14harris court14harris 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 26

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    Really struggling. I am about 1 week pull

    free, and I'm finding my eyebrows and eyelashes are aching / feel like they're in my eye / itching. It is really bugging me! I want to pull at my brows soooo badly! I catch myself pulling eyelashes and have to consciously stop. Does anyone have thoughts or ideas on how to...
    ninjagirlkc ninjagirlkc 26-30, F Nov 18

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    One of the main reasons I joined this sight was

    because of the vast number of people who had this disorder called trichotillomania. I don't remember when I started pulling (eyelashes), but it was when I was in elementary school. When I was in elementary, I didn't have access to makeup, so I couldn't hide all of my bald...
    thxforthecoffe thxforthecoffe 13-15 1 Response Nov 19

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    I hate going to the hair salon

    because they always ask
    Lifefucksusall Lifefucksusall 13-15, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Havent pulled at all today

    and only a little last night.. Baby steps :D (if you need somebody to talk to PM me :)
    taylorrolyat14 taylorrolyat14 13-15, F Nov 22

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    I beat it! I did! I'm an 18 year old

    that has reassurance for all you trichsters out there- reassurance that doesn't have anything to do with doctor's visits, meds, or CBT appointments. Hang in there, it's possible. Message me for those tricks :)
    tricksfortrich tricksfortrich 18-21 Oct 12

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    I started pulling my eyebrows out 4 years ago,

    then once I had none left I started ripping out my eyelashes. I still have no eyelashes and eyebrows and I occasionally pull from the hair on my head too. I also have urges to pull other people's hair out especially if they have a hair that is out of place.
    behindblueeyess behindblueeyess 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 22

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    Starting tomorrow, I am going to read books

    about cognitive therapy. I would rather teach myself to stop and give myself tips than spend money on an actual therapist. I am my own therapist and I will overcome this disorder.
    shellllbbb shellllbbb 22-25, F Nov 12

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    Coping With My Ttm

    I've had trichotillomania for as long as I can remember, since sometime early in elementary school. I pulled out my eyelashes, and to this day, I can't help it. I would always get teased and picked on for it, and we all know how mean kids can be, so I know others can...
    TarePanda TarePanda 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 26, 2009

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    3 weeks without pulling the longest Iv ever

    gone :) Im hoping I can keep going!
    xxmonkeynessxx xxmonkeynessxx 18-21, F 1 Response 18 hrs ago

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    I'm tired of doing this!

    why can't i stop even though i really want to!!? i'm doing this to my self even though i don't want to do it! It all started when i was 14, i don't know exactly how it began, but i know that whenever something was worrying me, whenever my parents and i would fight, suddenly i...
    TheTurtleDove TheTurtleDove 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 25

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    this is really kind of gross,

    but I pick the hair out of the tops of my knees, my hands, and my wrists with my teeth. and I pull my eye brows out without even realizing I'm doing it.
    ughshaylah ughshaylah 13-15, F Dec 14

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    I'm at an all time low right now.

    I have not gotten any better, I'm doing worse. I have so many bald spots on my head, and the sad thing is, I'm getting used to it. My head itches and then I pick and its a constant cycle. I cannot stand it anymore.
    shellllbbb shellllbbb 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 12

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    I'm 19. I've been pulling

    since I was 8. I started with eyelashes, then eyebrows, then the hair on my head, my arm hair, leg hair, nose hair, all hair, everywhere. I remember when I was still a little kid, I'd say "I won't let this go for another year." Well, it's been 11 years now! Currently, I'm trying...
    RyanShaw RyanShaw 18-21, M Nov 15

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    Four days without picking my hair.

    The longest period of time in almost 6 years.
    jackson112 jackson112 22-25, M Aug 30

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    This is something I really want you all to read.

    Now this isn't something I learned from my therapist. nor some professional. This is something that I discovered deep inside, and it is a weapon for me, against trich. If you're reading this, I want you to take a couple minutes to think hard about the stuff that you're ashamed...
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 1

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    I'm 14 and I've had Trichotillomania

    for 3 years. I go to therapy every week but it won't stop. I can't do anything about it. It's stoping me from going out or doing things I like because I'm embarrassed of the bald spots on my head.
    heathermal123 heathermal123 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 14

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    Makeup. Lotion, primer,

    powder, blush. Shadow, liner, brows and puff. Mascara? No way. Makeup was not supposed to be part of my daily regiment. It was supposed to be a special occasions thing that I didn't waste my time on while in college. I guess that ship has sailed. Some girls wake up in...
    AbusiveMistress AbusiveMistress 18-21 2 Responses Dec 15

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    I have been pull free

    for 12 days now. My hair is filling in on the top if my head and I'm really exited. I'm hoping it will fill in before the holidays so can cut it into a short style and I won't beed to worry about little kids taking my hat off. :)
    Ampk Ampk 18-21, F Dec 9

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    I need some advice. I have trichatolmania.

    and no one knows about it but myself. I'm scared to tell other people because I'm afraid they will judge and not understand what I'm going through. it's so hard to stop pulling and I can't do it by myself..
    colesgirl colesgirl 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 26

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    This is my fourth year with trich

    and I hate it. I hate that I failed to recover multiple times and I hate it even more that I end up slugging my shoulders and "accept" to live with it. Now my balding is at it's worst and it's getting harder to cover it. I know that if I don't do anything at this rate people...
    Hiyalilfella Hiyalilfella 18-21, F Dec 12

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